We will NO LONGER be able to file or accept
EyeMed Vision Insurance after April 23rd, 2014
Open Letter from Mike Upchurch to all EyeMed patients:
EyeMed has proposed a new set of contract guidelines for Upchurch Optical to consider. They have decided to cut reimbursements to make it difficult for all small independent optical shops to make a living. Upchurch Optical would have to raise our mark-up on frames by thirty percent on all customers to survive. As a small local optical shop, I will not penalize my entire customer base to continue our relationship with EyeMed. EyeMed is owned by Luxottica. Luxottica is the world’s largest manufacturer of eyewear. They also own Lenscrafters, Target, Sears, B.J.’s Optical, Sunglass Hut and all non-franchised Pearle Vision Centers.
By cutting reimbursements and changing the way lenses are produced and brought to the market they are pressing all small independent optical shops to drop EyeMed. I urge all EyeMed recipients to crunch the numbers. Most eyecare benefits allow you a frame every two years and lenses annually. At what cost, twenty dollars a month? That is $480 every two years for a pair of glasses before copays for progressives, polycarbonate lens material, anti-glare and any other lens options the customer may want.
At Upchurch Optical we work with you to provide affordable prices. We give all of our customers superior service with our trained professionals. The price difference in paying premiums for two year plus add-ons will be minimal compared to what we offer you. Crunch the numbers; don’t let corporate America dictate your visual choices. Upchurch Optical does not want to lose you as clients and friends. Upchurch Optical will continue to provide you with the customer service, quality, and experience that we have provided since 1982. That is my promise to you.
Thank you for your support.
Michael A. Upchurch
Owner and Head Optician